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Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of injury and death in Georgia and the number one cause of death for certain age groups in the state. Sadly, Georgia has some of the most traffic deaths of any state in the country, far out of proportion to the size of the state’s population. Not surprisingly, the majority of these accidents happen in the Atlanta metro area where the population is the largest. But the most tragic fact of all is that almost all car crashes could be avoided if people drove with care and attention for the safety of others. Instead, they drink and drive or text while driving. They speed, ignore traffic signals, follow other cars too closely, fail to signal, and fail to check their blind spots before changing lanes. It’s negligent and reckless driving behaviors like these that are behind the hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries caused by crashes in Atlanta and throughout the state of Georgia.

When another driver’s irresponsible conduct has caused harm to you or a member of your family, The Schermerhorn Firm steps in to hold them fully accountable for the damage they’ve done. We’ll work to see that you are compensated for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other legal damages under Georgia law. At The Schermerhorn Firm, you’ll find an aggressive personal injury attorney with a record of success in auto accident cases in Georgia, recovering millions of dollars for victims of another driver’s negligent or reckless driving. Contact The Schermerhorn Firm today to speak with an experienced and successful Atlanta car accident lawyer.

Getting Compensation for Your Injuries After a Car Accident in Georgia

All drivers in Georgia are required by law to carry a minimum of 25/50/25 liability insurance to pay for damages they cause in a crash. The 25/50/25 minimum means the driver’s insurance must pay up to $25,000 per person for bodily injury, up to$50,000 per accident, plus $25,000 for property damage. Some drivers carry higher policy limits to protect their assets, and oftentimes additional insurance is available as well, such as personal liability or umbrella policies. Commercial drivers carry considerably higher policy limits as a rule.

The Schermerhorn Firm has achieved settlements far above the Georgia 25/50/25 minimum to fully compensate accident victims as much as possible. Some of our successes include a $350,000 settlement for a client who suffered fractures to her arm and cervical vertebrae after being T-boned by a tow truck, and a $2,000,000 settlement for a client who underwent lumbar fusion surgery after being rear-ended by a commercial vehicle. While every accident is different and every person’s injuries and needs are unique, our firm is fully committed to achieving significant results that make a real difference in accident victims’ lives.

What if the Driver Who Hit Me Isn’t Insured?

Despite the legal requirement to carry liability insurance, not everyone does. Some people only get insurance long enough to renew their vehicle registration and then drop it, hoping they don’t get into a wreck. This is a very real problem in Georgia, which has the seventh-highest percentage of uninsured drivers in the country, according to the most recent statistics compiled by the Insurance Information Institute. That data shows that 18.1% of Georgia drivers are without insurance. That’s almost one in every five cars you encounter on the road, making it not unlikely you could get hit by an uninsured driver.

So what if this happens to you? If you have Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage on your auto liability insurance policy, we can help you settle a claim with your insurance company. Insurers are required by Georgia law to include UM coverage in your policy in at least the minimum 25/50/25 amount, or more if you select higher coverage. UM is included in your policy unless you rejected it in writing when you bought your policy.

If pursuing a UM claim, we don’t recommend doing it on your own. Even though you are working with your own insurance company, you can still benefit from being represented by an experienced car accident lawyer. At The Schermerhorn Firm, we know how much your claim is worth and how to negotiate a settlement that matches that amount. People who don’t have an attorney represent them simply don’t get as good a result, even when working with an insurance company they have used for years.

Contact The Schermerhorn Firm for Aggressive and Effective Representation After a Car Accident in the Atlanta Metro Area or Throughout Georgia

If you’ve been hurt in a car accident in Atlanta or anywhere in Georgia, The Schermerhorn Firm is here to advise you, guide you, and represent you in your quest for justice and compensation. Call our office at 404-596-4462 for a free consultation to discuss your claim and get started today on your road to recovery.

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